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Truck spills sodium hydroxide onto Washington Pk. near I-640

4:54 PM, Nov 26, 2012   |    comments
Courtesy: Knoxville Fire Department
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Update: The road was reopened around 12:30 pm.

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The southbound lanes of Washington Pike near Knoxville Center Mall is closed Monday afternoon, after an 18-wheeler carrying sodium hydroxide lost part of its load.

According to the Knoxville Fire Department, the spill happened around 10:00 am on Washington Pike near I-640.  The chemical is not a threat to the public because of the cool weather conditions.

KFD says the truck did not overturn.  The liquid spilled from a valve underneath the trailer.

Hazardous materials crews are on the scene now, and the road is expected to reopen by 1:00 pm.

No one is injured.

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